Android users warn tens of thousands of phones will stop working by 2022

OLDER phones may stop working in 2022 due to 3G network shutdown.

Other devices that use 3G, including some medical alert devices, tablets, smartwatches, and home security systems, may also stop working.

Older mobile phones that still use 3G will be discontinued, making it difficult to make calls and send messages


Older cell phones that still use 3G will be discontinued, making calling and texting difficult.

Older phones may lose the ability to text, connect to the Internet, and make calls.

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have all announced they will stop providing 3G service to focus all on 4G (LTE) and 5G services next year.

AT&T will be the first to cut the cord, discontinuing service in February, according to the FCC. T-Mobile/Sprint will end of service from March to July.

Verizon customers will have until the end of 2022 when their 3G service will be shut down.

These devices will also be vulnerable to network attacks when the service is down.


Here is a list of older Android devices that may stop working in 2022 when 3G service stops working

  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend II
  • Small Samsung Galaxy s3
  • Catepillar Cat B15
  • Sony Xperia USA
  • Dark Knight Wiko
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
  • Huawei Ascend G740
  • ZTE Grand S Flex
  • Lenovo A820
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
  • ZTE V956
  • UMi X2
  • Huawei Ascend D2
  • Samsung galaxy core
  • Run F1
  • THL W8
  • ZTE Grand X Quad v987
  • ZYE Grand Memo
  • Samsung galaxy ace 2
  • LG Lucid 2
  • LG Optimus F6
  • LG Optimus L3 II Dual
  • LG Optimus F5
  • LG Optimus L5 II
  • LG Optimus L5 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L3 II
  • LG Optimus L7 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L7 II
  • LG Optimus f6
  • LG Enact
  • LG Optimus L4 II Dual
  • LG Optimus F3
  • LG Optimus L4 II
  • LG Optimus L2 II
  • LG Optimus F3Q


iPhone users won’t be safe either, as those already using their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will stop receiving updates by the end of 2022.

Users will not be able to request an official repair for their device.

Other devices like iPhone 4 [8GB], iPhone 4s [8GB], iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C will also be discontinued next year.


“Most users of these services will be notified directly by service providers if this discontinuance affects them,” the officials said.

However, people who only use their old phones for 911 purposes may not be informed that they do not have active service with a carrier.

“For a long time, some organizations for homeless or domestic violence shelters have made a habit of providing customers with old phones that have no service because the phones still work. can be used to call 911 in an emergency.”

Officials are urging people who use those 911-only phones to be aware that their devices may not work when 3G service is down.

Low-income users worried about their 911-only phones can sign up for service through the Global Administration Company Hotline program.

Older iPhone customers won't have their service cut off if they're still using 3G


Older iPhone customers won’t have their service cut off if they’re still using 3GCredit: Alamy

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